The Pearson Institute Research and Innovation Fund

Each year, The Pearson Institute’s Research and Innovation Fund provides grants to University of Chicago faculty and PhD students conducting research on global conflict. Studies must be rooted in innovative, data-driven research that seeks to understand and reduce global conflict and demonstrates public policy impact.

Researchers awarded a Pearson Grant in 2017 explore topics that are regionally and topically diverse, each with a focus on using quantitative social science to advance the study of conflict and the potential to advance public policy involving global conflict.

2018 Grant Solicitations are now being accepted: More Information.

The deadline for 2018 proposals is Friday, December 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm CST.

The Pearson Institute Research and Innovation Fund 2017 Awardees


2017 Awardees

Michael Albertus

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Land Reform and Civil Conflict: Theory and Evidence from Peru

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Maria Angélica Bautista

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Long-Term Effects of Human Rights Violations during the Pinochet Dictatorship

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Mary Bunn

Lecturer and PhD Candidate, School of Social Service Administration

Restoring Social Bonds in Survivors of Torture and Severe Violence: A Study Exploring the Effects of Group-Based Treatment on the Social Resources of Syrian Refugees

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Alysia Mann Carey

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

‘I Felt the Hand of the Government in my Womb’: Black Women, State Violence, and the Transnational Struggle for Life in Brazil and Colombia

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Jonathan DePoyster

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Evaluating the Effects of Anti-Electoral Violence Policies on Democratic Consolidation in Ghana

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Austin Wright & Thiemo Fetzer

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy & Visiting Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Security Transitions

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Mariella Gonzales

PhD Candidate, Harris Public Policy

National Resource Shocks, Social Conflicts, and Preferences for Redistribution—Evidence from Peru

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Isaac Hock

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Urban Violence in Young Democracies: Evidence from South Africa

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Sana Jaffrey

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Authoritarian Origins of Vigilante Violence and Quotidian Order in Democratic Indonesia

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Luis Martinez

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Trade Liberalization and Political Violence: Evidence from Colombia

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Asfandyar Mir

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Explaining Effectiveness in Modern Counterinsurgency

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Olga Namen

PhD Candidate, Harris Public Policy

Human Capital Accumulation under Threat of Insurgent Violence

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Paul Staniland

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Revolutionary Insurgency in Democracies: Theory and Evidence from Southern Asia

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Gabriel Velez

PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Human Development

Youth as ‘Peace Builders’: An Analysis of the Colombian Peace Education Law

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